Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Book Review: The Neverland Wars

9,5/10 for The Neverland Wars by Audrey Greathouse
Magic can do a lot—give you flight, show you mermaids, help you taste the stars, and… solve the budget crisis? That's what the grown-ups will do with it if they ever make it to Neverland to steal its magic and bring their children home. 
However, Gwen doesn't know this. She's just a sixteen-year-old girl with a place on the debate team and a powerful crush on Jay, the soon-to-be homecoming king. She doesn't know her little sister could actually run away with Peter Pan, or that she might have to chase after her to bring her home safe. Gwen will find out though—and when she does, she'll discover she's in the middle of a looming war between Neverland and reality. 
She'll be out of place as a teenager in Neverland, but she won't be the only one. Peter Pan's constant treks back to the mainland have slowly aged him into adolescence as well. Soon, Gwen will have to decide whether she's going to join impish, playful Peter in his fight for eternal youth… or if she's going to scramble back to reality in time for the homecoming dance. Source: Goodreads

I received a review copy through netgalley.

I adored this book. It was everything I hoped it to be and more.
So once I was halfway and couldn't believe finding out everything that I still needed to find in the second half, you can imagine how I felt to find this was in fact the first book in a trilogy.
(Okay, admittedly, I felt excited and frustrated. This means more Neverland but also a longer wait! And we all know I hate waiting).

This book is a little twist on the beloved fairy tale Peter Pan.
When Gwen's little sister is taken away by a stranger Gwen's family is distressed. Yet, trying to place this new development in her teenage life shows to be a struggle. When her sister Rose appears by her side with a strange boy known from her fairy tales Gwen rolls into an adventure bigger than her imagination.
A story filled with the magical creatures we all love from fairies to mermaids. Only this time Neverland and earth are in a war for magic.

This book is mainly Gwen's experience in Neverland and her encounter with the magical world. I missed the concept of 'war' a little. I'm assuming this will be more present in the following stories. All in all Audrey Greathouse has succeeded in making me question the reality around me and believe in the reality of magic around us again. And I think if a book gets you that far then it's doing a good job.

I wish this(these) book(s) came translated into Dutch as I'd love to read this with my kids at work.

Flash Review: Truth or Date

7/10 for Truth or Date by Portia Macintoch

Ruby Wood is perfectly happy playing the dating game – until she has a red-hot dream about her very attractive flatmate, Nick. He might spend every day saving lives as a junior doctor, but he’s absolutely the last man on earth that fun-loving Ruby would ever date! 
The solution? Focus on all of Nick’s bad points. And if that fails, up her dating antics and find herself a man! So what if she manages to make disapproving, goody two-shoes Nick jealous in the process… 
Only, after a series of nightmare first dates, there’s still just one man on Ruby’s mind. Maybe it’s time to admit the truth and dare to ask Nick to be her next date?
Source: Goodreads



I received a copy through Netgalley. Many thanks to the publisher.

FINALLY! Thank you Portia MacIntosh for proving that I have simply been reading the wrong books. It's been months since I was swept away by a story again and Truth or Date finally was the read I seemed to be waiting for.

It's not secret that I adore anything chicklit and many friends complain that those books are all the same. Yet, Truth or Date managed to shake up the well known cocktail a little and delivered a funny, lovable story that made me chuckle and swoon on many occasions.

This story has put a smile on my face and managed to restore my faith in finding a book I'd enjoy these past few weeks. A breath of fresh air that brightened up my day!


Monday, May 16, 2016

Book review: Summer at Rose Island

8/10 For Summer at Rose Island by Holly Martin
Fall in love with the gorgeous seaside town of White Cliff Bay this summer and enjoy long sunny days, beautiful beaches and… a little romance. 
Darcy Davenport is ready for a fresh start. Determined to leave a string of disastrous jobs and relationships behind her, she can’t wait to explore White Cliff Bay and meet the locals. 
When Darcy swims in the crystal clear waters of the bay, she discovers the charming Rose Island Lighthouse. But it’s not just the beautiful building that she finds so intriguing… 
Riley Eddison doesn’t want change. Desperate to escape the memories of his past, he lives a life of solitude in the lighthouse. Yet he can’t help but notice the gorgeous woman who swims out to his island one day. 
Darcy is drawn to the mysterious and sexy Riley, but when it seems the town is trying to demolish his home, she soon finds herself having to pick sides. 
She’s fallen in love with White Cliff Bay. But is that all Darcy’s fallen for? 
Pull up a deck chair, sink back with a bowl of strawberry ice cream and pick up the summer read you won’t be able to put down.
Links:Goodreads
Amazon.co.uk
I received a review copy through Netgalley.

There's a certain charm about Holly's book which I can't quite put my finger on but from the moment you start you know you're in for a good ride. You recognise Holly's books by easy relatable characters, witty writing and smouldering man. She's so skilled at making you feel at one with her characters that you route for them from page one (even when you don't know what you're routing for yet). It ensures that you are immediately pulled into the story and Summer at Rose Island was no exception.

SARI is the third book in the White Cliff Bay collection and it's the perfect mix of new story and reuniting with old favourites. This time we meet Darcy a marine biologist (how cool is that by the way!! It immediately peaked my interest) recently moved to WCB and ready to leave her failed jobs behind and get a fresh start. When she lays eyes on Riley. The quiet American that lives in the lighthouse (again, how cool is that!). 
In a town where everyone knows everyone's business, Riley finds it hard to settle in and then his eye catches Darcy. He's exactly what he didn't need. She has captivated him so much that he's stepped out of his comfort zone more than he'd like.

Admittedly SARI didn't manage to steal Snowflakes on Silver Cove of its 'my favourite' trophee, I was still completely charmed by it.

I loved reading about the blooming and passionate relationship between Riley and Darcy, smiling foolishly upon many occasions and secretly wishing I could jump into the story myself (Seriously, can Holly write my love life?!). But most of all I love this town that already feels like home.

I can't recommend reading the WCB books enough but be advised: once you start you'll be as invested in these characters as everyone else in the little town of White Cliff Bay ;)

If you're interested to find out more then you can read the first chapter here.
and find more information through the various links in this post.
Also don't hesitate on finding out what other people think during the rest of this brilliant blog tour!





Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Summer At Rose Island: First Chapter

I'm ecstatic to be in another Holly Martin book tour. They're always such a blast!
This time we're headed back to White Cliff Bay and meeting up with new and old characters.
I'm not going to give away too much just yet (I mean, aside from sharing the first chapter) but I feel like everyone's going to love this one ^^




 Blurb
Fall in love with the gorgeous seaside town of White Cliff Bay this summer and enjoy long sunny days, beautiful beaches and… a little romance.

Darcy Davenport is ready for a fresh start. Determined to leave a string of disastrous jobs and relationships behind her, she can’t wait to explore White Cliff Bay and meet the locals.

When Darcy swims in the crystal clear waters of the bay, she discovers the charming Rose Island Lighthouse. But it’s not just the beautiful building that she finds so intriguing…

Riley Eddison doesn’t want change. Desperate to escape the memories of his past, he lives a life of solitude in the lighthouse. Yet he can’t help but notice the gorgeous woman who swims out to his island one day.

Darcy is drawn to the mysterious and sexy Riley, but when it seems the town is trying to demolish his home, she soon finds herself having to pick sides.

She’s fallen in love with White Cliff Bay. But is that all Darcy’s fallen for?

Pull up a deck chair, sink back with a bowl of strawberry ice cream and pick up the summer read you won’t be able to put down.


Links
Goodreads
Amazon.co.uk


About The Author



Holly has been writing for six years. She was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. Her short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology. She won the Carina Valentine's competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014. Holly lives in Bedfordshire.




Links
Website
Facebook
GoodReads
Amazon Page





Can't wait to find out more?
Here's the first chapter of this beautiful story!


Saturday, May 07, 2016

Flash Review: Outstanding

4/10 for Outstanding by Kathrynn Flett
Eve Sturridge, a high-flying divorcee and mother of two girls, is head teacher of Ivy House, an Ofsted 'Outstanding' prep school in Sussex. Eve is passionate about her school and its pupils. 
When Danish power couple, Stefan and Anette Sorenson, jet in and choose Ivy House over other schools, Eve is justifiably proud. The Sorensons are A-listers who bring an aura of style and power to Ivy House. 
Zoe is Eve's pretty seventeen-year-old daughter. Unlike her mother, Zoe's not so keen on school. She prefers sending nude selfies to her boyfriend. 
When glamorous Stefan Sorenson proposes that Zoe interns at his company and invites her to accompany him to New York, Zoe is over the moon with excitement, while Eve is too focused on her job to smell danger . . .

Review copy received through Netgalley, with many thanks to the publisher.

This book is difficult. I think I had all the wrong expectations about this book, expecting it to go in a completely different direction that it actually went. And though it was enough to hold my attention throughout the story. I found it too day-to-day, to be blown away by it. It almost felt like reading a biography or a non-fiction story.
There were a lot of characters and a lot of side stories all coming together into one big story, like life often does but for me it was too everyday to get that thrill of fiction.
However, props to Flett for managing the art of making something quite mundane into a story that people can love. Be it the right reader and I think I wasn't the right one for this story.